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Re: Changing rod bearings "in situ"

Subject: Re: Changing rod bearings "in situ"
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 1995 19:54:26 -0500
Andy Mace writes:
>...([when] you could actually find BMC and Triumph dealers) my favorite
>parts counter person told me that a number of knowledgeable racers of
>cars with the BMC A-series engine would change bearing shells almost
>as a normal maintenance item. Perhaps that was 6-7 ounces of prevention,
>but it still beat the proverbial pound of cure.

This is the proverbial "engine freshening", as opposed to a rebuild.
As I understand it, the serious racers put 1-3 races on an engine
between freshenings, and do a full rebuild 1-2 times a year.  I'm not
sure what else is involved in a freshening, possibly re-lapping valves,
cam bearings, etc.

Dave Williamson (

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